Ohio taxpayer challenges sending fine to Newtown

A taxpayer has challenged an Ohio judge's decision that a $5,000 fine paid by a former high school basketball coach who videotaped boys in a locker room shower should go the Connecticut community where a gunman killed 26 people.
Associated Press
Jan 24, 2013


The challenge was sent Wednesday to the Stark County prosecutor by Craig Conley, an attorney representing Thomas Marcelli on behalf of county taxpayers. Conley says fines should go to the county under Ohio law.

Judge Frank Forchione had sentenced coach Scott Studer to 15 years in prison and sent his fine to the Newtown school support fund.

The judge says he will review the challenge.

Conley asked John Ferrero, who led the coach's prosecution, to seek an out-of-county prosecutor to handle the fine issue. A message was left for Ferrero.




Getting tired of Newtown news.


The story doesn't have anything to do with Newtown. The story is about the judge taking it upon himself to send the money paid for the fine to Newtown. So a taxpayer is challenging this saying the money should be kept in the county.


Why in the world should a fine be sent to Newtown from Ohio. Thats just idiotic.


The judge better go back and read his oath of office. His job is to follow the Ohio Constitution, not be a charitable organization for Newtown. Time for a resignation!

Simple Enough II

True, If he was so caught up in the incident at Newtown, he should have dug into his own pocket and donated "His" own $5,000.


Conley says fines should go to the county under Ohio law.

Exactly right.


Newtown doesn't need money; they declined many offers of money and gifts because they were already overwhelmed with donations. Fine money should stay in the state and county where it was given. If he wants to donate, send money to the storm victims on the east coast and use his own money.

Simple Enough II

I agree with the last sentence.

Westend Homeown

the fine money should be kept to pay towards the cost of housing this person in jail/prison and offsetting those type of cost charity is supposed to be voluntary the way the judge did this forced taxpayers to pay it